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Encore Rail Systems, Inc., named Tony Chambers Eastern Region Sales Manager based in Ravenswood, W.Va. Chambers brings to this position many years of railroad sales experience from his career with Burke-Parsons-Bowlby Corporation.

 


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Senator Robert Menendez and Congressman Frank Pallone joined NJTRANSIT Executive Director Richard Sarles and other officials at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new 477-space parking lot that more than doubles parking capacity at Edison Station on the Northeast Corridor rail line. The lot opens to customers January 1.

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With the onset of the recession this year, government agencies, private businesses and individual households all faced budget challenges and the Chicago Transit Authority was no exception. Due to the significant consequences presented by the slowing economy, as the CTA developed its 2009 Budget, staff sharpened their pencils and looked for ways to streamline operations and reduce costs without impacting the quality or level of service provided. Despite financial constraints, the CTA continued to innovate in 2009 and apply the best solutions to keep Chicago moving.

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As the result of growing and anticipated demand for passenger rail service to Castleton State College and Lake Bomoseen, Amtrak and the Vermont Agency of Transportation said that state-supported Ethan Allen Express trains will make twice daily stops at the recently renovated Castleton, Vt., station beginning January 2, 2010. The southbound Ethan Allen Express, train #292 scheduled to arrive Saturday at 11:02 a.m., will be the first train to officially stop at the station.

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After a decade, a train may be returning to Snohomish, Wash., by next summer, the Snohomish County Tribune reports. The Port of Seattle purchased the Eastside rail corridor Dec. 21 from BNSF in a deal totaling $81 million. The purchase covers 42 miles of rail line from Renton to Snohomish.


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Two planned Metra stations could transform neighborhoods on Chicago's South and North Sides -- spurring economic development, curbing carbon emissions and making it just plain easier for residents to choose public transportation, proponents say, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune. But when that vision will become reality is uncertain.

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A top adviser for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will be transferred Jan. 4 to a new job aimed at bringing a light-rail system to Los Angeles and L.A./Ontario international airports, the Los Angeles Times reports. Deputy Mayor Diego Alvarez will serve as the regional transportation coordinator for Los Angeles World Airports, which operates both airports, according to Villaraigosa's office.

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A key rail connection and capacity expansion project of the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) Program is now operational in McCook, Ill. The $13.1-million federally- and privately-funded McCook Connection project (Project B6) provides additional connectivity between the Indiana Harbor Belt, CSX Transportation and BNSF rail lines. Trains that had to wait or travel at a maximum speed of 10 miles an hour are now able to proceed through the area at 25 miles per hour as they move onto mainline tracks near the United Parcel Service Willow Springs Distribution Center.

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Metra and community leaders marked the opening of expanded parking facilities at the Pingree Road Station on Metra's Union Pacific Northwest Line in Crystal Lake, Ill., during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Dec. 28.

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After nearly six years of construction, the new entrance to the Long Island Rail Road's critical Atlantic Terminal at Flatbush Avenue is finally open to straphangers, according to The Brooklyn Paper. Commuters looking for the LIRR ticket office will find that it has moved to a new location on the concourse below the ground floor entrance, where natural light shines through glass that spans from the road to the ceiling, offering views of the Williamsburgh Savings Bank tower across the street.

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